When disappointment comes, Is God enough?
When Joy is abundant, Is God enough?
Recently God has opened up opportunities for me to talk with friends, family and people in our church about the everyday struggles and pains they are going through; from job loss to infertility, pain is abundant. This might be you. If you are like me, you want to fix the problem in human ways and make you or someone else feel better. But are we really helping? By saying, “It’s ok, you can do it, it will all work out,” are we sharing God’s truth with Love and Grace?
Do we encourage them to know their identity in Christ?
Who are You?
Faith will grow stronger as you focus on your identity in Christ. As Galatians 2: 20-21 states it is, “no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me.” When we allow Christ to live in us we focus on the grace He has given us in our creation. We can abandon the images of our selves that are not from God. Stop accepting what others have said about you. No longer believe the hurtful words of the world! Deny how others have labeled you. And how people define you! Start believing what God says about you. You are pleasing! You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14); God Defines You! You are not defined by your feelings, the opinions of another, your successes or failures, the car you drive or where you live. You are defined by God alone. (2 Corinthians 1:22)
God is ENOUGH!
What I have concluded is that not only is God enough, but He HAS to be enough! I’ve also concluded that it takes effort on my part to keep myself aware of this. I need to keep His Word before me as a reminder of my identity in HIM.
Today I could lose everything in life. There’s not anything I have here on earth that is guaranteed. If I lost it all, I’d be okay because no one can take away my identity in Christ. Whether I live in the best neighborhood in town or a van by the river, I have my Jesus. Whether the world is for me or against me, I have my Jesus. When life kicks me down, I get on my knees and there I find my Jesus. His Word is planted deep in my heart and I believe it all.
When life becomes more than you think you can handle, don’t quit. And certainly don’t believe the lies you may be entertaining in your head. Instead, ask yourself, “Is God enough for me?” The answer could change everything.